Fashionista: Art as Fashion, Fashion as Art

  • 409 6th Street
  • Racine, WI
Overview



"Fashionista: Fashion as Art and Art as Fashion."

This show, featuring the work of Racine artists Kelly Witte and Samira Gdisis, is inspired by the artists' fondness of vintage fashion and imagery. It transforms the Racine Arts Council's ArtSpace Gallery into a chic vibrant pop-up boutique.The concept of fashion as art and art as fashion is explored through artwork that includes linoleum relief prints, mixed media collages, and drawings.

Visitors can purchase handmade fashion accessories including brooches, scarves, glass pendants and tote bags designed by the artists exclusively for the exhibition. Full sized retro inspired mixed media dresses created by the artists will also be shown. 

Kelly Witte (artbykelly@gmail.com) is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Art. Since graduating she has been an active member in the Racine and Kenosha visual art scene. In addition to exhibiting extensively in Southeastern Wisconsin she has also exhibited nationally in Chicago, New York, Indianapolis, Dallas, and Yreka, CA. Internationally Witte has exhibited in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and has had artwork featured in publications such as Teen Vogue and Huffington Post.

Samira Gdisis (blackeyedpress@gmail.com) is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Art and printmaking. She also obtained a Master of Art in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Gdisis is the owner of the Black-Eyed Press: a printmaking and book arts studio. She facilitates workshops, activities and events for artists of all ages both in the Black-Eyed Press and on other sites. Gdisis is well versed in gallery curation and recently became the Gallery Direction Gallery on 16th: the creative exhibit space for the more than 60 artists of 16th Street Studios.

"Fashionista" is on display July 7 through August 26. ArtSpace Gallery hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.



  • Location: 409 6th Street, Racine Arts Council, WI
  • Phone: (262) 637-3958
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
Fashionista: Art as Fashion, Fashion as Art